How To Build Your Own Pergola
Have you been dreaming about an elegant pergola to grace your backyard but don’t want to splurge for the high cost of purchasing a ready-made unit? Or perhaps your garden, patio, or other seating area requires a unique design, and you want the look and feel of a homemade pergola?
If so, consider building your own pergola.
While it may sound like a complicated task, DIY pergolas are becoming increasingly common around the country, and even for someone with modest woodworking or construction skills, can actually be much easier than you think.
The reason is because there are a number of pre-existing plans and pergola kits that you can use to create a safe, high quality structure, in a fraction of the time it would take you to build the unit from scratch.
For starters, watch the video below to get an idea of how to build your own pergola quickly and easily!
How To Build A Pergola.
The pergola is mostly seen in the gardens or backyards. It is used to create a walkway and shore up the growth of climbing plants and is used to provide a shade. This four segment post is covered by a roof and resembles a canopy. The pergolas are mostly made of wood but there are some made of cement.
It is not very hard to build your own pergola. All you need to do is to choose a plan that will work for you. After deciding on the size and design you want, you can check the plan and see if you can do the work yourself or if you may need some assistance.
There are a number of great, easy-to-follow plans and programs out there, most of which focus on building wooden pergolas. My favorite resource is Ted’s Woodworking, since he walks you through step by step everything you need to know and has several great pergola plans you can follow along with.
Before you build the pergola, make sure you decide what purpose it will serve. If it is for entertainment, make sure it is big enough to accommodate your guests. It should be enough for tables and chairs. Planning what you will use the pergola for will help you know the measurements and design that will suit you.
The next thing you need to consider is the location. You should build a pergola in a nice spot where you can relax and get maximum entertainment. The most common location to build your pergola includes the patio, garden or the deck.
You do not need very many materials in order to build a pergola. You will even be surprised at how small the cost of building a pergola is compared to how effective it is. You will need cement, anchors for the posts, foundation tubes, paint or stain, bolts, screws, nails and stock of various sizes.
You also need other tools like a ratchet, hammer, table saw, hammer, nail gun, shovel, tape measure, and a drill. The good news is that you have many of these tools in your garage meaning there is no extra costs.
Steps to follow when building a pergola
-Draw the layout
-Lay the foundation
-Install the foundation
-Paint the pergola
-Cut the cross members
Remember to measure your yard and also make sure your numbers are accurate. The foundation is very important and if anything goes amiss during the laying of the foundation, the whole process could turn into a disaster.
After you finish laying the foundation, install the posts and paint your pergola. Once the paint dries, cut the cross members. It can be very cheap to build the pergola on your own with help from family members or friends. This is true especially if you are building a simple design like a rectangle or a square shape.
This is a very simple and basic design that can be built by only following the instructions to the latter. If you think you cannot build it on your own, it is good to hire a handyman to help you. Show your plan to the handyman and get a rough estimate.
You have to take caution before digging. Make sure there is no telephone, electrical and water lines underground. This will help you avoid any injuries or damages. Try to find out if there are any underground cables or pipes before you dig.